Oklahoma receives waiver to suspend statewide assessments, report cards

OKLAHOMA CITY (KXII) - The Oklahoma Department of Education has received approval to suspend assessments and report cards.

The waivers approved by the U.S. Board of Education mean the state will not be required to administer academic assessments and does not have to issue school report cards.

“Our schools have the unprecedented challenge this school year of educating students while absolutely guarding their health and well being, as well as that of our educators and communities,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister. “These waivers provide some measure of stability and flexibility for our schools to move forward during this period of uncertainty.”

On March 16, the State of Oklahoma closed all public schools until April 6 to prevent community spread of COVID-19. The board will meet on March 25 to determine whether to extend the school closure.